Just returned from a wonderful week cruising the Caribbean. we flew into Miami 2 days prior to sailing. We have sailed on many cruises and have found going down a day or two early most beneficial. This year was no exception as our flight was delayed 6 hours and this would have made us miss had we not gone early. This is the first time we have ever been delayed. We would advise everyone who can facilitate going down a day early to do so to avoid disappointment.
EMBARKATION: As we are platinum members with RCL we understood that we would have priority boarding. We arrived at the port at 11:30 and proceeded to check inn with an RCL representative. This was done in a timely and efficient manner. Finding the line up for priority boarding was a challenge. It was not well marked and the representatives we unsure of where we should line up. This caused some confusion. Once we were directed to the correct line, embarkation was smooth and quick.
THE SHIP: A magnificent vessel to say the least. Lots of space, lots of chairs, lots to do. You would never know that there were 4100 passengers aboard. Line ups were minimal to non existent and when they did exist they moved quickly and efficiently. Rock climbing, ice rink, mini golf, H20 zone and of course the Flow Rider all were beyond expectations. Entertainment was top notch and the cruise director James was fabulous.
DINING: We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer everyday. the food was plentiful and was of wide variety something truly for everyone. the presentation was appealing. Each we had dinner in the dining room. The food was very good however if you are looking for a five star dining experience you will not find it here. Don't get us wrong we very much enjoyed our meals in the dining room.
PORTS OF CALL: The tendering process in Grand Cayman and Labadee was very well organized and uneventful despite the volume of passengers on board. We docked in Cozumel and Montego Bay and immediately were able to go ashore. All of the ports of call were beautiful.
IN CONCLUSION: This was a fantastic holiday our only complaint is that we came home exhausted because we had tried to do everything the ship offered and found we couldn't,as there not enough hours in a day. The cruise director and his staff kept things moving into the wee hours of the morning everyday without fail. We would advise everyone to take the opportunity and take a cruise on the Freedom of the Seas.